The order, by U.S. District Judge Jean Hamilton in the Eastern District of Missouri, rejected claims by J&J that Tiffany Hogan's case, which is part of a multi-district litigation that includes similar claims by 45 other women or their family members, was a "sham" designed to avoid federal jurisdiction.
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and $55 million verdicts against J&J.
The attempt by J&J to have the case removed comes just as the U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation is set to hear arguments over whether to coordinate more than 40 J&J talcum powder lawsuits filed in federal courts.